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2018 Kia Stinger Ownership: Fuel Economy

We’ve had our 2018 Kia Stinger for almost 7 months now, and I think it’s safe to say that the Stinger has won me over with its incredible combination of performance and practicality for daily life. One area yet to be addressed, however, is the fuel economy of the sporty Kia. Luckily, I’ve taken notes on my fill ups at gas stations during my time behind the wheel while driving in the city, as well as in the ‘burbs.

The ‘Burbs

When I started my first month behind the wheel of the Stinger, I resided in a suburb about 30 minutes north of Atlanta. Like much of the Atlanta, the city of Woodstock is a result of the sprawling metro area that has grown out instead of up. This means longer drives to work, dining and shopping. Most of the driving, except during rush hour commutes, is usually comprised of elongated journeys, more similar to highway driving, than stop-and-go city motoring. That being said, I averaged around 21.5 miles per gallon in combined driving which isn’t too bad given the beastly engine under the hood. It’s also in line with the manufacturer’s estimate of 21 mpg in combined driving for the twin-turbocharged V6 powerplant.

The City

Just a few months ago, I relocated to the city of Atlanta only three blocks from Little 5 Points, (or Atlanta’s version of Greenwich Village). There are more lights, shorter blocks and nearby shopping and dining, resulting in much more stop-and-go driving than I experienced outside of the city. In these conditions I’ve averaged around 14.5 mpg which is a bit lower than the manufacturer’s estimate of 19 mpg in city. Admittedly, I have a heavy foot and enjoy pushing the Stinger a little bit. After all, with the power of 365 raging horses at your disposal, why wouldn’t you want to use every last one of them? Still, the fuel economy as of late hasn’t been terribly impressive even when taking my adolescent acceleration habits into consideration.

The Road Trip

Back in July, I was able to take the Stinger on a road trip to the gorgeous city of Charleston, South Carolina to celebrate Independence Day. On the way there, I averaged 25.3 mpg during the entire trip and an impressive 26.3 mpg on the return ride. That number is even more stunning given the addition of the stifling heat, which required the use of constant air conditioning, and the intermittent holiday traffic we encountered along the way.


The 2018 Kia Stinger is a fantastic sport sedan that works for me personally. If you’re looking for hybrid-like fuel economy, though, you might have to search elsewhere. Then again, if you’re in the market for a vehicle that puts a smile on your face every time you’re behind the wheel, while being incredibly useful and attention grabbing without the need for premium fuel, which costs upwards of $50 per fill-up, the Stinger should definitely be on your shopping list. Find a Kia Stinger for sale

Check out our 2018 Kia Stinger New Car Review

Rob Nestora
Rob Nestora
I’ve been working as an editor and content producer on the team for about six years. I love cars and technology, so working on a website with an automotive focus is a perfect fit.

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